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15. Magic, Myth and Monsters: Policing the Borders of Belief

14 October 2019, 12:00 - 15 October 2019, 00:30

Focussing on early modern trials, from that of Magdeleine d'Auvermont, who dreamed herself pregnant while her husband was away fighting in the wars, through to that of Louis Gaufridi, burned as both a witch and a magician, Wes Williams explores what courts, confessions, expert witnesses, and common conceptions can tell us about how societies police the frontiers of the credible, the borders of belief…then as now.

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Wes Williams

Wes Williams


Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford, Wes Williams is also a Fellow in Modern Languages at St Edmund Hall. He is also currently Knowledge Exchange Champion for the Humanities, based at TORCH. His main research interests are in the field of Renaissance studies: the critical study of genre and of subjectivity; investigations into the politics of literature, experience, and the popular and professional cultures of the early modern period. His first book – Pilgrimage and Narrative in the French Renaissance: ‘The... Read Full Biography

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